Westport Woman's Club Bulletin
Westport Woman's Club
JUNE 2017
Board of Directors 2016-2017
President Dorothy M. Packer; 1st VP Special Interests  Jeannette Tewey;  
2nd VP Finance  Barbara Stemmer; 3rd VP Ways & Means  Suzan Murphy; 
Secretary  Wynne Abrams; Treasurer  Robin Clark; Communications  Anne Hunt; Community Services Sarah Menchaca; Curio Cottage  Susan Loselle;    House Deborah Fratino; Membership  Joan Likely-Cosenza;  Parliamentary Advisor  Susan Fox; Programs   Ana Hitri; Rentals  Mira Auxier;  Yankee Doodle Fair Kim Reichert and Christina McVaney;  Past President   Dorothy E. Curran

Dear Ladies,
The month of May was a busy and productive month for our Club.  We completed two successful fundraisers, our Annual Art Show and Sunday Bingo; we awarded our Community Services grants and Scholarship awards; held our Food Drive and Annual Canal Park Luncheon, and took part in the Memorial Day ceremonies. 
  • Thanks to Jo Luscombe, Chair, and Miggs Burroughs, Curator, and our entire Art Show Committee.  Thanks especially to our sponsors and donors... and artists.  What a beautiful way to raise much needed funds for Scholarships. 
  • Thanks to Wendy McKeon and Kim Reichert, under whose direction we managed to replenish our Food Closet with the Postal Carriers Food Drive. 
  • Thanks to Wendy McKeon and her Sunday Bingo Committee for a flawless and fun event. 
  • Thanks to Patria Swann who once again expertly organized our Members for the Annual Canal Park Luncheon, so appreciated by the residents there.
  • And, thanks to Jeannette Tewey for organizing our participation in the Memorial Day Parade and to Dorothy Curran for providing us with a float!
Also during the Month of May, we were afforded the pleasure of meeting with some of the organizations and individuals to whom our efforts are directed:
  • Thanks to Community Services and Sarah Menchaca, Chair, for a very successful Awards Breakfast.
  • Thanks to the Scholarship Committee and Arlene Thrope, Chair, for their selection of excellent Scholarship recipients and for a very enjoyable Scholarship Breakfast event.
The Westport Woman's Club Ruegg Grant Committee, Chaired by Sarah Menchaca, has selected the Westport Astronomical Society as the recipient of our 2017 Ruegg Grant.  This $5,000 grant is being used for the purchase of a Solar Telescope which is planned be used for the next solar eclipse (on August 21) at the Rolnick Observatory on Bayberry Lane.
Coming up in June....
Thanks again to our Nominating Committee: Jo Luscombe, Chair, Jo Calcagni, Dorothy Curran, Susan Fox and Susan Hricik who assembled our 2017-2018 Board due to be installed at June Club Day.  Come and celebrate.
And, Yankee Doodle Fair time is here!
  • Please sign up for at least one shift...more, if possible.
  • Raffle Tickets...please bring your raffle tickets to the Office...or make a small donation to help out our principal fundraiser.
  • Bake Sale....Sign up to bake ...make an extra batch ...we always sell out.  If you can't bake, again, donations are welcome.
  • Yankee Doodle Fair Set-Up:  Monday June 12...Come and help, if you can.
After your shift, stay and try out our food vendors.  Ladies, this is our best opportunity to raise the funds needed for our Grants, Scholarships and to help those in need.  It is not only rewarding, working together at the Fair is fun.  So, come help, invite friends and family...come and enjoy!
With love and thanks to all, 

Dorothy M. Packer
In this Issue

Sunshine Girls
June Sunshine Girl: 
Jeanne Gulick
jeannegulick@gmail.co m

Thanks to Leah Scherzer, our May Sunshine Girl.

If you are interested in volunteering, Sunshine Girls are needed for July and August.

 Special Interests

Would you like to join a Canasta group?  Please let me know. Several members are trying to get a group started.

Jeannette Tewey, 1st VP, jtewey@optonline.net 

Office Hours  
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ( Lunch)
Office Manager,
Elizabeth Greenawalt
Resident House Manager,
Lilibet Rojas


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2



9:30 am

6 7

11:30 am

Mah Jongg
1:00-4:00 pm


9:30 am 

12 13






6:00-10:00 pm

6:00-10:00 pm
1:00-10:00 pm
21 22
1:00-5:00 pm

7:00 pm
Mah Jongg
1:00-4:00 pm


9:30 am

3:00 pm


4:00-5:30 pm

27 28
29 30

Board Meeting
10:00 am

Ladies Who Lunch 12:30 pm

Mah Jongg
1:00-4:00 pm


9:30 am

Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped at our very enjoyable May Tea. The Art Show Committee did the set-up and worked with Mah Jongg as our Hostesses.   Special thanks to Janette Duchnicki and her committee for the beautiful flowers.
Join us Monday, June 5, for Club Day, hosted by Cultural Affairs and Ladies who Lunch, both chaired by Bobbie Herman.  Plan to arrive by 11:30 am to enjoy Cobb Salad with grilled chicken breast, avocado, corn, hard boiled egg, red onion, bacon, olives and gorgonzola cheese with balsamic vinaigrette dressing, rolls and, for dessert, chocolate ganache cupcakes.
Please be sure to make your reservation by 1:00 pm, Wednesday, May 31.  The cost for lunch is $20.00.  If you have a serious food allergy or are a vegetarian, please let me know. If you need to cancel a reservation, please do so also by 1:00 pm on Wednesday, May 31, to avoid being charged.

Jeannette Tewey, jtewey@optonline.net , 203-227-5089

The entertainment fo r our June Club Day will be provided by a group of outstanding Staples High School st udents. Their Music Teacher, Carrie Mascaro, has informed me that that they are working with a string group in preparation for our event.

The group consists of  Manny Vouse, Ella Bayazit, and  Nora Dockter, violin;  Justin Berg and  Hunter Patterson, viola; and  Calvin Carson, bass.
The program will include works by G. F. Handel, G. Tartini, W. A. Mozart and Michael McLean.
Ana Hitri, anahi3@icloud.com   203-939-2129

The annual luncheon from Community Services for the residents of the Canal Park housing complex was held on May 17th.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous.  The response to this year's call for food donations was amazing and over the top!
The room which had been redecorated for the tenants was further adorned by us with blue metal multi-colored butterflies, and a floral arrangement on the mantle.  We also had color-coordinated balloons as well as the upscale coordinated tablecloths, napkins and settings for the luncheon.  We had 22 residents who came and sat down for lunch.  We packed at least 3 meals for shut-ins. The total of 25 was the largest crowd ever.  It was wonderful!!  
We had our fun raffle as usual, with beautiful Geraniums, Begonias and New Guinea Impatiens.  The lovely gift bags from L'Occitane were, once again, a huge success.  They even had an extra chocolate treat from Carol Goetz. The social gathering of residents seemed especially friendly this year. 
"Thank you's" go to my wonderful volunteers:  Mary Attanazio, Carol Burgess, Mary Lee Clayton, Karen De Santy, Virginia Ferrari, Susan Fox, Carol Goetz*, Susan Hricik, Arlene Johnson, Carol Mata, Wendy McKeon, Barbara Raffel, Kim Reichert*, and Patria Swann*.  ( *Hostesses)  

Thank you to everyone who participated.  You always help to make the day very special.

Patria Swann, Chair
Canal Park Luncheon
Sarah Menchaca, sarahdmenchaca@gmail.com , 203-246-1760



Book Review will not meet in June.  


Lee Mennitt,  leemennitt@gmail.com ,  203-523-090

Date:   Friday,  June 23
Time:  4:00 - 5:30 pm
Place:  Clubhouse Kitchen

On Friday, June 23, after the YDF 2017 wrap-up meeting at 3:00 pm, why not swing by the Kitchen anytime between 4:00 and 5:30 pm to celebrate the arrival of summer and another wonderful Fair?
"Bring something to sip,  nibbles to share...
It won't be the same,  if you're not there!"

As always, we bring our own set-ups and serving implements, then disappear without footprints or fingerprints!

Photo courtesy of Dorothy Curran

Dorothy E. Curran, DorothyECurran@aol.com, 203-246-0543

Date:   Tuesday, June 20
Time:   7:00 pm - "Chat & Chew," 7:30 pm - Game Begins
Cost:    $5.00
Hostesses:  Audrey Rabinowitz and Marge DiPippo

All are welcome...no experience necessary...Come out for a night of food, fun and  fellowship.   Just sign up on the bulletin board in the foyer and get ready for a great night!

At our May game night, we bid a fond farewell to Karen Center, one of the original members of our Bunco group, founded in 2000.  Karen is relocating to Florida full time and she will be missed.

Original members Linda Amos, Jeannette Tewey, Karen Center and Wendy McKeon.    

Wendy McKeon, xwamx50@aol.com, 203-222-0038

With Summer only a few weeks away, the Curio Cottage has a great selection of warm weather items from straw purses to picnic baskets to planters for your flowers.  Come take a look!


Also, there are openings for the 3rd Wednesday. 12:30-3:00 pm.  You only need to work once a month for 2-1/2 hours.  Why not give it a try.



Carol Brezovec, richardbrezovec@gmail.com, 203-221-7688
Susan Loselle, seloselle@gmail.com, 203-454-4171


Date:   Tuesday, June 6

Time:  11:30 am
Place:  Pearl Restaurant of Longshore, 260 Compo Road South, Westport

On Tuesday, June 6, at 11:30 am, the Garden Department members will hold their Annual Luncheon at Pearl of Longshore.  Attendees will have their choice of the menu, along with separate checks.

Please contact Vivian Rosenberg by Saturday, June 3, regarding reservations

Vivian Rosenberg, Garden Chair, vivianrose1@gmail.com, 203-227-4419
Jerilyn Deveau, Program Chair, jerilyndeveau@yahoo.com . 203-372-2920


In spite of the horrendous downpours on Saturday, May 13, the Postal Workers' Food Drive was a tremendous success! We want to thank all the many members who turned out and volunteered between 1:00-6:00 pm emptying the (sopping wet) bags, categorizing the cans and packages, and dating the items. All this work was done with happy spirits and great camaraderie. We had over 100 volunteer hours in total!
We couldn't have managed all the "heavy lifting" out in the rain without the help of Ross McKeon (Wendy's husband) and of Lina Mak-Chin's husband and two sons; we appreciate their good will and strong backs. We had a rush of deliveries early on in the afternoon, then quite a lull, and finally another huge onslaught around 4:00 pm when the Postal Workers were finishing up their mail routes.
All in all, despite the heavy rain that day, most areas of our Food Closet are now bulging at the seams.  However, believe it or not, we are still short on Hamburger Helper, Chicken Helper, and Tuna Helper, boxed mashed potatoes, and coffee. Perhaps you can pick up some of these items when you are out shopping? The Food Closet is always inundated with requests during the summer months when kids are home on vacation (thereby not receiving school lunches), and we want to be fully stocked and ready for business when we get the calls from the Human Service Department at Town Hall.
Wendy McKeon, xwamx50@aol.com, 203-222-0038
Kim Reichert, kim.reichert@gmail.com, 203-227-4590


The Gourmet Group will not meet in June. Members are requested to support our Yankee Doodle Fair Bake Sale either by contributing baked goods or cash. Members who have volunteered to help at the Drop-Off station or to sell at the Bake Sale will be sent an email reminder. We are very grateful for everyone's help.

Our next meeting will be announced in the September Bulletin. Any WWC members who would like to join Gourmet Group for our next season should contact Lisa or Barbara.

Lisa Allison, liallison@optonline.net, 203-227-9563
Barbara Gladnick, bagladnick@optonline.net, 203-854-0424


Date:    Tuesday, June 27
Time:   12:30 pm
Place:   The Spotted Horse Tavern
              26  Church Lane, Westport

This month we'll revisit one of our favorites,  The Spotted Horse Tavern.   They serve a variety of small plates: salads, sandwiches and entrees of meat and seafood.  You can find the menu at www.spottedhorsect.com/menu.  Reviews on Yelp are overwhelmingly excellent.  If the weather permits, we'll dine outside on their covered patio.

Please let me know by Friday, June 23, if you'll be joining us so I can tell them how many to expect.  And, as always, I ask that you email or call me as I may not remember if you tell me in person.
Bobbie Herman, sangazure1@aol.com
,  203-255-1577


Our weekly games, on Wednesdays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, have resumed - if there is a minimum of 3 or 4 players. Emails are sent out at the beginning of each week to members who are interested in playing. If you want to be included in these weekly emails, please contact me to put your name on that list. All players are welcome, regardless of skill level and experience. You do not need to have your own Mah Jongg set, but if you have one, please bring it. We are now using the new 2017 cards.

Lessons are being given, also on Wednesdays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, to members who would like to learn to play the game. Please contact me if you are interested in this beginner's class.

Please note, there will be no Mah Jongg on Wednesday, June 14, because of Yankee Doodle Fair set-up taking place.

Audrey Rabinowitz, bxiteb4@aol.com
, 227-6010


 Joan Likely-Cosenza, jlikelyc@aol.com, 203-226-0556


Suzan Murphy, murphy05@aol.com, 203-222-9117


As you know, our  Yankee Doodle Fair 2017 will take place from June 15-18.  The hours on Thursday night and Friday night are 6:00-10:00 pm, on Saturday 1:00-10:00 pm, and on Sunday (Father's Day) 1:00-5:00 pm.  Keep your fingers crossed for warm, sunny weather!
We need many, many WWC members to don our blue YDF aprons and volunteer to fill all the shifts in the various areas. Please go online to Sign-Up Genius to choose whichever time slots work with your schedule. If you have difficulty or are tech challenged, please call Kim Reichert for assistance.
We want to extend our thanks to Wynne Abrams, Dorothy Packer, Adriana Cvetkov, and Barbara Stemmer who sold raffle tickets at Stop and Shop on May 6. And we appreciate that on Saturday, June 3, Susan Hricik and Mary Lee Clayton have volunteered to hawk tickets at Stop and Shop.  However, we still need two more members (one for 10:00 am-12:00 noon and one for 12:00 noon-2:00 pm) to work at S&S that day.  
Yankee Doodle Fair is the club's largest money maker and fund raiser. We need all of you to participate in any way that you are able!

Kim Reichert,  kim.reichert@gmail.com , 203-227-4590 
Christina McVaney,  cmcvaney@yahoo.com , 203-292-8138

It's that time of year again for the Gourmet Group's annual solicitation effort for the Yankee Doodle Fair. If you are unable to bake this year, we hope you will consider sending us a cash donation, since these gifts provided a considerable share of our profits last year. Checks should be made out to "Westport Woman's Club" with "Bake Sale" in the memo section and sent in to the office. 

We have some fantastic bakers in our Club. However, a contribution does not have to be extraordinary in content or appearance, (although needless to say, we welcome those). People buy our goods because they are homemade!  These days, many homemakers do not have the time to bake and look forward to the Fair for the kinds of goods our mothers used to make.
As always, we must conform to Health District regulations. Please be sure to comply with the following:

All donations must show the name of the donor.
All donations must include the name of the food item and a list of the ingredients.
* All donations must be wrapped. It would be very helpful if small items such as brownies, cookies etc could be wrapped individually or in small numbers.
* We cannot accept donations which require refrigeration, so no cheesecakes please.
* No item or frosting should contain uncooked eggs or egg products.
* No cream cheese frostings please.
* Items without nuts are preferred. If your recipe does contain nuts please make sure that this is clearly indicated on the label.

Please do not donate store-bought items. They do not sell. Save yourself a trip to the store and send us the money instead!

Please note that for your convenience there will be a "Drop-off Station" located by the road (Imperial Avenue) in the front of the Clubhouse, as we had last year. This will be available 9.30 - 11.30am, Thursday, June 15th - Saturday, June 17th. Alternatively you may leave baked goods in the kitchen when you volunteer at the Fair but in this case please make sure that your name and a list of ingredients are attached to your contribution.
We are very grateful to all those who contribute their time, their talent, and their assistance to our Bake Sale.

Lisa Allison, liallison@optonline.net, 203-227-9563
Barbara Gladnick, bagladnick@optonline.net, 203-854-0424
Gourmet Group Bake Sale Organizers
44 Imperial Ave 
Westport, CT 06880